Though United States’ Women’s Olympic gymnast team beat China, but there was shock awaiting the team fans back home. Everyone was hoping that their top gymnast Jordyn Wieber will certainly win an Olympics gold medal. She was such a great performer for the last several years and is the world champion in gymnastics. But yesterday it was simply not her day and she wobbled on many steps, leaving her teammates disappointed.
Had it not been for her other teammates, the US team would have been thrown out of this important competition. One thing that helped the team excel despite their top medal prospect suffering a very bad day was the fact that overall, the team has the best gymnasts among top teams and was well prepared to compensate the loss of any athlete, even if it was their top gymnast.
McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman not just filled Jordyn Wieber spot, but also came up with so impressive performance that they won the hearts and minds of spectators in the Olympic Village and their fans back home.
Wieber is among the best gymnasts that the world has seen in the last few decades and her failure at Olympics doesn’t belittle her achievements in the sport. Wieber’s powerful style of gymnastics draws comparisons to 2008 Olympic beam champion Shawn Johnson. “It’s flattering,” Wieber said.” She’s such a great gymnast it’s kind of cool to be compared to someone that great.” She missed 2009 Nationals with a hamstring injury. Hoping to reclaim her title (2008 junior all-around national champion) in 2010, Wieber injured both ankles during warm-ups before prelims. She tried to compete, but after several mistakes, Wieber decided to withdraw before finals.
Jordyn Wieber was so much disappointed by her personal performance that she didn’t spoke with the media. Her coach John Geddert who was also disappointed with her pupil’s performance told the media in a statement, “I’m basically devastated for her. She has trained her entire life for this day and to have it turn out anything less than she deserves is going to be devastating. She has waited her entire career for this. She is happy for her teammates and disappointed that she doesn’t get (to) move on.” But in sports upsets are normal and a small misstep can mar the chances of any athlete on any given day.